Vinicius red RESCINDED and Valencia stand closed after racist abuse
Vinicius Jnr’s red card against Valencia is rescinded and Mestalla stand is ordered to be closed for FIVE matches, with the club fined £40,000 as Spanish FA FINALLY act on vile racist abuse of Real Madrid star
- Vinicius Junior’s red card against Valencia has been rescinded by the Spanish FA
- Mestalla stand has been ordered to close for five games with club fined £40,000
- Spanish FA has finally acted on disgusting racist abuse Real Madrid star received
Vinicius Junior’s red card has been rescinded and Valencia punished after the sickening racist abuse the Real Madrid winger suffered on Sunday.
The Brazilian star was targeted with monkey chants at the Mestalla stadium before and during his club’s 1-0 loss against Valencia – the 10th occasion this season alone he has been targeted by racist abuse.
And the Spanish FA announced on Tuesday evening that the red card he received later that game has been expunged and he will face no suspension.
They added the offending Mario Kempes stand has been ordered to close for five matches and Valencia fined £40,000 for the ‘very serious offences’ of their fans.
The decision comes as RFEF, Spanish football’s governing body, finally acts on the vile abuse aimed at Vinicius Jnr.
Vinicius Junior’s red card at Valencia has been rescinded after he received vile racist abuse
The Real Madrid star pointed out Valencia fans who were racially abusing him during their match at the Mestalla Stadium on Sunday
The Spanish FA has now ordered the Mario Kempes Stand to be closed for five games and have fined Valencia £40,000 for the disgraceful actions of their fans
The statement explaining the decision said ‘various actions of physical and verbal aggression, by opponents and fans’ against Vinicius has been carried out with ‘total impunity’ and ‘in the face of the passivity of the referees, Spanish FA and LaLiga’.
RFEF’s ruling found ‘sustained racist chanting throughout the stadium… turned the attacked victim into an aggressor’.
The decision was made by a three-person panel with a representative of the Spanish FA, Spanish Ministry for Culture and Sport and LaLiga.
Valencia have 10 working days to appeal to the Appeals Committee against the punishment handed down.
It is the first serious sanctions handed down by the Spanish FA this season, despite the Brazilian winger has being serially targeted with racism and hateful messages on 10 separate occasions.
Vinicius shared various examples of abuse he has suffered this season by rival supporters
This included racist taunts while playing against Real Vallodolid, death chants inside the Nou Camp and an effigy bearing his Real Madrid shirt being hung from a bridge by Atletico Madrid fans.
Mail Sport reported on Tuesday that UEFA have held urgent talks regarding taking a public stand against the racist abuse suffered by Vinicius Jnr.
As of Tuesday night, despite internal calls to do so, there was a reluctance from European football’s governing body to publicly intervene into a matter that has shocked the world in recent days.
Given the escalating nature of the situation, their stance may change in the coming days as they decide whether to reinforce their anti-discrimination stance after in-house talks.
The feeling on Tuesday was that the matter is an internal issue for Spanish football. UEFA have a strong anti-racism policy and have a number of initiatives in place to fight discriminatory behaviour abuse in football.
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